Barnstable This Morning

During my weekly appearance on Barnstable This Morning, I reviewed the progress made on the Fiscal 2016 Operating Budget. The Town Council intends to finish the budget at its June 18th meeting, with presentations from Community Services, the Department of Public Works, and Libraries. I also discussed the new adaptive sailboat obtained by the Sail Cape Cod program, that works to assist physically challenged sailors get out on the water. The new 18 foot keelboat, “LILA”, purchased with funds donated by the Lyndon P. Lorusso Foundation, is outfitted with equipment specially designed to accommodate sailors with physical disabilities.  View the interview: Town Website   YouTube


Jack and Bobby: Brothers First, Opens at JFK Hyannis Museum

The JFK Hyannis Museum opened its summer season with much fanfare this week. Third graders from Hyannis West Elementary School sang “American the Beautiful” on the Museum’s front steps to open a special ceremony commemorating the unveiling of the Museum’s new professional exhibit: Jack and Bobby, Brothers First. Remarks were made by Consul General of Japan to Boston, Tsutomo (Tom) Himeno, making for an exciting start to the Museum’s summer season. The next day, at the Museum’s Founder’s Day luncheon, co-founders Rebecca Pierce-Merrick and Wendy Northcross, were honored.

View our Channel 18 coverage of the event opening and an interview with John Allen, JFK Hyannis Museum Executive Director: YouTube  Town Website




Osterville Business and Professional Association (OBPA)

On Tuesday morning, Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells and I attended the Annual Meeting of the Osterville Business and Professional Association (OBPA). OBPA Chair Gail Nightingale led the meeting, covering the election of officers, reports from various committees, and two special recognitions. Betsy Alper, who operated Mulberry Corners for thirty years, and Susie Cartensen of Birdsey of the Cape were both recognized.  Town Councilor Jim Crocker spoke to the group about Barnstable’s efforts in the village, with a focus on the work to create new ball fields and playground facilities at the Osterville Bay School property.


Veterans’ Park Playground Opening

Tonight at 5:00, a special ribbon cutting ceremony will take place celebrating the official opening of the Veterans Park playground.  The beautiful new playground, located on Ocean Street in Hyannis, was built with a state grant from the “Our Common Backyards” Gateway Cities program.  The Town has made several improvements to the park, including replacing grills and picnic tables, paving the parking lot, and of course the construction of the new playground.  Please join us this evening (Friday, June 12, 2015) and bring the kids to enjoy face painting, balloons and bubbles, and of course, the new playground!


Comings and Goings

While this is not intended to be a full list of transitions, I would like to make note of a number of comings and goings within our various departments. This week, we say goodbye to longtime Conservation Administrator Rob Gatewood. Conservation Agent Darcy Karle is stepping up to fill his position. Another longtime leader, Water Pollution Control Supervisor Peter Doyle, is also departing, and his position will be taken over by Andrew Boule. The Police Department noted the retirement of nine officers in 2015. Deputy Chief Craig Tamash, Lieutenant John Walker, Sergeant Arthur Caiado, Patrol Officer Brian Murphy, Patrol Officer Steven O’Brien, Detective Richard Morse, Patrol Officer Kevin Scott, Patrol Officer Owen Needham, and Patrol Officer Carl Hill. Willey Kadnuc of the Department of Public Works is also serving his last day on the job this week.


Keeping our Waterways Clean!

For the past two years, the Town has funded a harbor clean up crew that has taken care of litter in all of our waterways. The crew works on a regular basis, and had a busy day on Thursday, as you can see from the pictures below. We thank the cleanup crew for ensuring our waterways stay clear of trash and debris



Hamblin Pond Alum Treatment

As part of the management program at Hamblin Pond, the Town of Barnstable has contracted with Aquatic Control Technology and Water Resource Services to perform an alum treatment to reduce the likelihood and severity of nuisance algal blooms. The work began on June 11th and will be especially active between June 15th and June 19th. While treatment is underway, swimming is prohibited and residents are advised to refrain from use of the water. The Town boat launch area on Route 149 will be gated off and closed to all public use, including parking, boating, and swimming, beginning Monday, June 15 at dawn.


Diamondback Terrapin Release Day

Barnstable’s Natural Resources Program invites you to the release of diamondback terrapins. Meet at the Sandy Neck Gatehouse at 3:00 on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Please park in the main lot at Sandy Neck and walk down to the gatehouse. (Beach stickers are not required for attendance to this event). At 3:00, Natural Resource Officer Amy Croteau will give a short talk about the terrapin program, and then lead the group down the marsh trail to the site where terrapins will be released into the wild. For more information, call the Marine and Environmental Affairs Division at 508-790-6272 or email


Spring Trail Clean-Up a Success!

This item comes to us from the Town’s Land Acquisition and Preservation Committee:  To all the volunteers and staff who organized and took part in the Spring Trail Clean-up Day on Saturday, May 16th, we cannot express enough thanks and gratitude for all your hard work. The Town of Barnstable’s Land Acquisition and Preservation Committee, in collaboration with AmeriCorps, Inc., sponsored the Spring Trail Clean-up Day which began at the Old Jail Lane conservation area.  In total, seven miles (yes, 7 miles) of trail were cleared of brush and debris.  A special thanks to Sawyer Cresap of AmeriCorps and Farley Lewis and Elissa Crowley of the Land Acquisition and Preservation Committee for putting this together.


Community Forum: Addiction

As we continue to deal with problems associated with addiction in our region, local organizations are banding together to work towards a solution.  On Monday, June 15, Cape Cod Healthcare and the Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR) will host a community forum on addiction recovery in Hyannis.  Individuals in recovery, family members, friends, policymakers, coalitions and community members are invited to attend.  Celebrate the successes of recovery and hear from local and state health and recovery advocates.  The forum will be held at the Federated Church of Hyannis, 320 Main Street, Hyannis on June 15, 2015 from 5 to 7:30 PM.    Please RSVP to or call 617-249-3395.


Theatre on Ice: June 18-22, HYCC

U.S. Figure Skating’s National Theatre on Ice Competition will return to the Hyannis Youth and Community Center June 18th – 21st. The Town, along with the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce/CVB and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism is pleased to welcome the 8th Annual 2015 U.S. Figure Skating National Theatre on Ice Competition, hosted by the Yarmouth Ice Club. Two thousand skaters from U.S. Figure Skating clubs all over the country are coming to compete on the ice at the HYCC.  We are looking forward to this exciting event. Click here to learn more.


Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year: Michelle DeSilva

The 2015 Mercy Otis Warren Woman of the Year Award was presented to Michelle DeSilva on Monday evening. The ceremony was held at Tales of Cape Cod in Barnstable Village. Michelle founded Cape Cod Cares for Our Troops in 2005 with her then 12-year old son, Dylan. Since its inception, more than 10,000 care packages have been sent to soldiers overseas. The Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year award is given annually to a woman who embodies the patriotic spirit of Mercy Otis Warren.




Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report Available

Barnstable’s Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report is now available. With a theme of “Celebrating Our 375th Anniversary,” one will find reports from boards and commissions, election results, and financial information. A copy will be available at Town Hall, the Hyannis Youth and Community Center, the Barnstable Senior Center, and all our village libraries. Click here to view the Fiscal 2014 Annual Report online.





Last week’s trivia question: Last week, we asked: When was the last time the International and National Theater on Ice competition were held in the same venue, back to back? We really stumped our eNews readers with this one! The answer, however, is in our own backyards – the event was held in 2011 at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center.

This week’s trivia question:  The Cape Cod Baseball League opened its season their week. How old is the world famous Cape League? Email your answer here.  


Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

June 8 – 12, 2015


Monday June 8, 2015


Town Manager Tom Lynch began our week with a review of progress made on the Fiscal Year 2016 Operating Budget.  We visited Barnstable High School to learn more about the Mandarin Chinese program.  The next stop was at the Osterville Village Library to learn more about the One if by Land, Two if by Sea speaker series. Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross talked with us about summer session, High School Equivalency Certificate graduates, and the Rotaract Club’s trip to Haiti.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald began Tuesday’s show with a report of a busy weekend for the Street Crime Unit. The Chief also touched upon the addition of officers to the force to help the busy Community Impact Unit combat issues on Main Street, Hyannis.  We welcomed Dan McCullough to our studio for this week’s Community Profile segment.  First Barnstable State Representative Tim Whelan talked with us about an effort to improve funding for regional transportation.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos offered an update on work being done at the Mary Dunn wellfield.


Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Our Wednesday program began with a special segment highlighting a new exhibit at the JFK Hyannis Museum, “Jack and Bobby: Brothers First”. We visited with AmeriCorps Cape Cod member Carly Brady, who is working on an informational campaign regarding liquid mercury disposal.  Register of Deeds Jack Meade reviewed May real estate statistics.  Finally, Director of Finance Mark Milne continued discussion on the Fiscal Year 2016 operating budget.


Thursday, June 11, 2015


Thursday’s program began with our weekly Golf segment. This week, Director of Golf Operations Bruce McIntyre reviewed last week’s Cape Cod Open and talked to us about why the fairways look so green.  Cape Cod Commission Director of Technical Services Glenn Cannon talked with us about the Metropolitan Planning Organization and an upcoming decision on Barnstable road work project.  2nd Barnstable State Representative Brian Mannal discussed a substance abuse forum held in Centerville on Wednesday night. 


Friday, June 12, 2015


Our Shanty Spotlight began Friday’s program. This week, we visited with glass artist Mitali ChakrabortyHyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo and Yarmouth Ice Club President Donna Wunder discussed the upcoming Theatre on Ice extravaganza, taking place at the HYCC next week.  Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado talked with us about purchasing beach stickers during Theatre on Ice. Marina Manager Eric Shufelt talked with us about transient dockage, pumpout, waterways safety, and the Blish Point State Ramp.


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